MOORE, Montague Shadworth Seymour
Second Lieutenant (later Major), 15th Bn, The Hampshire Regiment (later the Royal Hampshire Regiment), British Army in World War 1

He later achieved the rank of Major.

CITATION
Victoria Cross
Gazetted 20 August 1917
For most conspicuous bravery in operations necessitating a fresh attack on a final objective which had not been captured.  2nd Lt. Moore at once volunteered for this duty and dashed forward at the head of some 70 men. They were met with heavy machine gun fire from a flank which caused severe casualties, with the result that he arrived at his objective – some 500 yards on – with only a Serjeant and four men. Nothing daunted, he at once bombed a large dug-out and took twenty-eight prisoners, two machine guns and a light field gun.  Gradually more officers and men arrived, to the number of about 60. His position was entirely isolated as the troops on the right had not advanced, but he dug a trench and repelled bombing attacks throughout the night. The next morning he was forced to retire a short distance. When opportunity offered he at once reoccupied his position, re-armed his men with enemy rifles and bombs, most of theirs being smashed, and beat off more than one counter-attack.  2nd Lt. Moore held his post under continual shell fire for thirty-six hours until his force was reduced to ten men, out of six officers and 130 men who had started the operation. He eventually got away his wounded, and withdrew under cover of a thick mist.  As an example of dashing gallantry and cool determination this young officer’s exploit would be difficult to surpass


NOTES
Born 9 October 1896, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Died 12 September 1966 (aged 69), Kiganjo, Kenya
Grave/memorials: Langata Crematorium, Nairobi, Kenya

AWARDS
Victoria Cross
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches
Jubilee Medal 1935
Coronation Medal 1936
Croix de Guerre (France)

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